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Have you noticed more wasps around? If not, you might very soon!

Wasp increase 2018 - Wasps covering cafe table in public place

 

According to the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) this season could be a “bumper” year, which means it is likely that properties and businesses could be inundated with wasps.

The BPCA also advised that once wasp populations used to rise and fall in a two-year pattern, however a change in the wasp’s activity is making predictions on their numbers more difficult to call.

Our expert pest control technician, John Colson added: “Don’t Blame it on the Weatherman”

“Common wisdom would blame the weather for the increase of Vespula Vulgaris (common wasp) but really we should be looking at the biology for the abundance of wasps and the change in behaviour on how the Wasps feeding habits change to start nest building and larval nursing of new Queens. This is where we start seeing the rise in the numbers of calls from the public as the feeding habits change from a sweet based diet such as fruit and your cold pint of beer to a protein based diet i.e. insects to start the expansion of the colony and nest building process, it is at this point that the number of wasp nests sites increase and the abundances of customer calls start coming in, so are you geared up?”

 

"The country should prepare for the worst and hope for the best" Alex Wade - Pelgar (leading manufacturer of pest control products)

 

Official BPCA Advice

  • Be aware of wasp activity
  • Remove wasp nests quickly
  • Use a professional pest management company
  • Check your pest controller’s credentials before buying services
  • Be careful: From September, wasps may become angrier and bolder

 

Do you need professional support with wasps

Orbis’ pest control teams are BPCA accredited, as well as vetted and DBS checked, enabling us to work in occupied and unoccupied buildings.

 

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Sources:

BPCA – “Wasps going on? The changing pattern of summer pest behaviour”

 

 

Farmers turn to high-tech rural security solutions

Farm-Scene-with-ATV---Livestock-and-Fencing

According to NFU Mutual who provide cover to over 70% of Farmers, reported Farmers are having to resort to extreme measures to protect their vehicles and livestock.

Crime in rural areas is at its highest point since 2013, and farmers are worried being ‘staked out’ and longer police response times.

David Airey, a farmer in Sutton-in-Craven in North Yorkshire, said crime rates were the worst he had seen in 52 years of farming.

He has lost almost £20,000 in three quad bikes, trailers, metal, a tonne of sugar beet, drills, chainsaws, milk kits and nearly 100 ewes in repeated thefts.

“It’s relentless,” he said. “It’s scary, you wake up every morning, expecting to go outside and find something disappeared.”

 

Top ten targeted items

  1. Tools
  2. ATV/Quad
  3. Garden Equipment
  4. 4x4s
  5. Machinery
  6. Livestock
  7. Trailers and Horseboxes
  8. Oil/Diesel
  9. Equine
  10. Tractors

 

Nationwide Crime Increase

NFU Mutual Crime Report shows the following regional increase in crime between 2015/2016:

  • North East increase 8.7%
  • South West increase 5.6%
  • East of England increase 3.7%

 

Improving Rural Security

Some Farmers have turned to “medieval” and modern tech to secure their land, by digging trenches and earth banks, raising fences to implementing CCTV and alarms.

 

Our Solutions

Solar Power Rapid Deployment Temporary CCTV Tower

Orbis’ rapid deployment CCTV Towers, security fencing and alarms help Farmers sleep easier, knowing that our round the clock monitoring service is keeping a watchful eye over valuable items.

By creating “safe zones” Orbis’ CCTV Towers can protect valuable items within a 1km peripheral range.

 

CCTV Tower Features and Benefits include:

  • HD Predator Camera with night vision technology
  • Imposing 8-meter tall visual deterrent
  • Connect the tower to a max of 64 wireless infrared sensors for seamless perimeter coverage
  • Up to 30-day, time and date stamped HD footage retrieval
  • Live camera access online
  • Audio warnings and sirens
  • Connected to our highly accredited monitoring station
  • Solar powered options for sites with no power

 

Live Feed Quality

CCTV Tower HD Camera Quality Site Security

CCTV Tower Site Image Zoomed up High Definition Site Security

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find out more about our security solutions

 

Sources

BBC: Rural crime rise prompts “medieval defences”

NFU: Rural crime costs up 20% despite ‘fortress farms’

NFU Mutual Main Rural Report

CIH Housing 2018

CIH Housing 2018 - Manchester Central - Europe's Largest Social Housing Event - Orbis

 

We are pleased to invite you to meet Orbis at this years Housing 2018 taking place on 26-28 June at Manchester Central. Our focus will be how property managers can reduce void property turnaround time, minimise risks, remain insurance compliant.

Come see us on stand G8 to discover how our leading vacant property protection and management services can save you both time and money, whilst providing peace of mind.

We know it can be a long day on your feet, so while you’re with us, you’ll have chance to put your feet up and relax with a drink.

Click on the image above to register your FREE pass to CIH Housing 2018

 

 

 

CCTV Tower Exhibitions

We’ve had a busy few weeks at events, here are some images to help sum them up:

UK Infrastructure Show

 

MOD DPRTE

 

If you’re interested in finding out what events we have coming up, follow us on Twitter to be first to know!

Festival of Public Procurement | Procurex South

Orbis are happy to be exhibiting at Procurex England South 15/03/2018, held in central London it is the largest annual gathering of pan-sector public procurement professionals and market leading suppliers, who contribute to the annual UK spend of over £220 billion.

Here’s a look back at Procurex South last year…

Keep an eye on our social media for updates of the event this year.

 

 

 

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Sponsoring the UK’s Leading MOD Defence Event

The MOD is Britain’s largest Industry’s customer spending over £19 billion annually, with purchases randing from all kinds of facilities management services, military fighting vehicles, education and more.

Our Business Development Director Louis Fordham said:

“We are looking forward to gaining great industry insights from professionals in the defence sector at this event. We see this event as an excellent opportunity to showcase the capabilities of our market leading rapid deployment CCTV towers and vacant property protection solutions”.

The exhibition is being held at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on the 27 March 2018.

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London’s rise in Pests left with Local Authorities

Pests have been in news recently with the headline “London councils receive 100 rat and mouse complaints every day” the article suggests that around 186,000 reports of rodents have been logged in the capital since 2012. The Mayor of London’s office stated that pest control and refuse collection is a matter for local authorities.

Pest problems not only present a hygiene issue and the possibility of legal penalties for Social, Private and Commercial Property Managers, they could also cause significant structural damage which can be costly and dangerous.

Orbis’ specialist Pest Control Teams offer nationwide provide same-day response and preventive services to ensure your properties remain safe, legal and pest-free.

Click the image above to go to the news story


Legal Responsibility

Penalties for the inadequate handling of a pest problem by those responsible for the building could include a £20,000 fine or up to six months in prison.


Did you know Pest Control Facts Services

Key Benefits of Orbis Pest Control Service Teams

 


Are you a member of the Efficiency East Midlands (EEM) Framework?

Orbis scored 100% quality when appointed to the EEM Framework for Vacant Property Cleaning and Clearance. This framework also includes the following ad hoc call-off services:

EEM Framework of Services and Location

Click here for more information on the EEM Framework


Benefits of Using the Framework

 

Compliance

This Framework is fully compliant with UK Procurement Regulations and the EU Procurement Directive. We’ve undertaken the procurement work so you don’t have to.

Quick & Simple to use

There’s no need to run a full EU tender and EEM will manage the process on your behalf where required

Approved Contractors

All Contractors have already been assessed during the framework tender process for their experience, financial stability, Health & Safety, Equality & Diversity and working practices

Ongoing Support

Members will have ongoing support during the call off contract from both the EEM Procurement Team and Projects Officer. We can attend kick start meetings, review meetings and assist with the completion of the contract documentation.

Competitive Pricing

All pricing is fixed for the first agreed period of the Framework and where possible fixed from April to March each year to give certainty within each financial year period. EEM will manage and negotiate all price increases to ensure fair application across our Members

 

If you are not already a member of EEM but would like to request further details, please email info@eem.org.uk or call 01623 729945

Or for more information on our Pest Control Services, visit our solution page here or contact us here

Orbis and Optosafe join forces to form new UK powerhouse | CCTV Towers

Reciprocal partnership pushes both companies to the forefront of rapid deployment CCTV Towers security solutions

 

On the 6th November 2017, Orbis and Optosafe have entered into a reciprocal supply and service agreement allowing Orbis exclusive access to the Optosafe range of rapid CCTV Tower deployment solutions.

This advanced portfolio of CCTV Towers will enable Orbis to expand its current service offering to a new and existing customer base, also enabling Optosafe to offer key Orbis services (vacant property solutions, clean and clear, enhanced response) to bolster their current service offering.


Board Statements

Jason Gilchrist | Optosafe Director

“This Partnership will cement our place in the vacant property sector. For Optosafe, Orbis were our only consideration in this market as their reputation is also backed by their rock-solid customer service and attention to detail”.

Guy Other | Orbis CEO

“We are delighted to be partnering Optosafe and adding an exciting new range of rapidly deployed CCTV Towers to our existing intruder monitoring solutions. With less than 1 in 7 reported break-ins leading to convictions in some regions of the country and increasing levels of public concern over anti-social behaviour, the tower’s physical deterrent coupled with unparalleled image quality and reliability gives clients a real advantage when it comes to security and surveillance. The technology our partners have introduced to their range is undoubtedly best in class with a backup service to match.”


About Optosafe

Optosafe are currently the fastest growing, rapid deployment CCTV Tower company in the UK.

Optosafe’s goal is to provide the most advanced, electronic security solutions, coupled with outstanding service, value and expertise to every client.

Their core values are simply; To continually deliver quality products, investing in the most innovative and stable technology; To provide unrivalled customer service, always putting our client’s needs first and most importantly trustful relationships with our clients.

About Orbis

At Orbis we abide by one simple concept, we do the job properly, so you can have complete trust that your property and lone workers are safe in our hands. We ensure that whatever we do, you can have confidence that we will deliver.

This trust is the reason why we have close partnerships with clients within the industry and is why some of the largest and most prestigious organisations use Orbis for their vacant property, site management and lone worker protection.

Our services are monitored in real time 24/7 by our wholly-owned CAT II British Standard Alarm Receiving Centre. Our clients have the ability to manage their portfolio online using our property management portal Aura which saves both time and money.


More information

CCTV Towers

Press Release

Orbis exhibiting at EEM Showcase

All public sector organisations are invited to the annual EEM Supply Chain Showcase.

The Showcase is an opportunity to network with over 100 contractors, suppliers and manufacturers, all who have places on a wide selection of EEM frameworks.

Our experts will be showcasing our vacant property solutions alongside our lone worker solutions. Orbis leads the market in providing a one-stop-solution for property managers looking to secure or re-let their vacant properties. For clients not wedded to one option but instead acting in the best interests of their customers, we recommend the best solution to reduce property risks, saving you both time and money.

Tickets are free for all public sector organisations and complimentary refreshments and a buffet are available for all visitors.

The next Showcase will be held on Thursday 14th September 2017, 9am-4pm, at Trent Vineyard Conference Centre, Nottingham.

See www.eemshowcase2017.eventbrite.co.uk for further details.

 

National Housing Federation – Annual Conference

We are happy to announce that Orbis will be exhibiting at the National Housing Federation Annual Housing Conference taking place in Birmingham ICC on the 19th and 20th September.

This event is important in housing for leading the political agenda and shaping the direction of the sector.

Over 2,000 housing professionals will discuss what the future holds with top speakers from inside and outside housing.

Our experts will be showcasing our vacant property solutions alongside our lone worker solutions. Orbis leads the market in providing a one-stop-solution for property managers looking to secure or re-let their vacant properties. For clients not wedded to one option but instead acting in the best interests of their customers, we recommend the best solution to reduce property risks, saving you both time and money.

If you haven’t registered yet, you can find registration details here.

Looking forward to seeing you there!